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Chapter 765 - No point

Alicia instinctively clutched onto her dress the moment she felt it loosen up. But she quickly regained her composure at the thought of the words he had said just a moment ago – those words that irked her.

She wanted to just let her dress slide down since it was loose enough to do so. But mortification came rushing at her before she could do so. Biting on her lower lip, she looked over her shoulder to check on how Ezekiel was behaving.

His expression was annoyingly neutral. Or was he returning back to his usual statue self again?

The urge to get back at him by undressing shamelessly before him suddenly surged within her. She hated that she seemed to be the only one who kept being rendered speechless by him. But then again, what if… what if she really was unattractive to him and she would not even get to evoke a reaction on his face even if she stood before him completely n*ked? Would she be able to handle that blow to her ego?

Her face burned red before she whipped around again. She decided that she would not be able to handle the embarrassment if that ever happens! It was not just because she had no confidence about herself. She knew what she got… it was just that this man was Ezekiel. Not only because of his ridiculous perfection, he had lived for so long as well. He must have built up such a tolerance to many things and would be able to keep his expression deadpan no matter what the view was before him.

"Shut your eyes." She demanded, changing her mind. Since she was not planning to deliberately undress herself to draw out any form of reaction from Ezekiel, she might as well get him to look away instead. No point of her playing with fire. There was no way she would do something so stupid that might end up back firing on her and burning her instead.

Thankfully, he abided with her demands without a word. An awkward silence followed after that as Alicia undressed, using the only one available hand that she had.

Once she placed her dress on a nearby chair, she spoke. Glancing up at him for a moment. She did not dare look lower than his chest as she knew that this shameless man was completely n*k*d.

"Now let's get this done quickly." She walked towards the bathroom, dragging him behind her. She really hoped that he would keep his eye to himself.

Ezekiel just let her drag him. But when he looked at her as he followed behind her and saw how she was wearing only her under garments, a slight smirk curved on his face. He did not say anything though.

"Alright, let's do it this way," Alicia touched him and made him face the shower. "We'll stand here facing the opposite direction. You are not allowed to turn and so am I, are we clear?" Alicia rattled off her plans on how they should go about taking their shower.

He let out a soundless laugh listening to her spelling it out to him one by one and shut his eyes for a brief moment, looking as though he wanted to argue. But at the same time, he did not want to talk. He chose the latter in the end. That was much easier.

Soon, the shower was finally on. The pitter patter of the water falling filled the silence inside the bathroom. Ezekiel lifted his face a little, his free hand moved to his hair, combing his hair back as the water fell all over him.

And since Alicia did not allow him to turn around, he could not see the fact that his tall figure had actually covered her, not allowing enough water to even drench her.

"This won't do. You're too tall. You're blocking almost all of the water," Alicia complained, "We should do this the other way around."

Without waiting for his response, she nudged him to move. Ezekiel once again silently followed her instructions. However, this time he was half biting his lower lips.

"Oh, this is much better!" She mumbled, her voice sounding happier.

And before she knew it, she relaxed. Maybe because the water drenching her made her feel a little ecstatic. She thought she was never going to experience this mundane thing ever again. But here she was, in flesh and bathing in a hot shower.

As she was enjoying the feel of the water falling and flowing all over her, she felt Ezekiel moved. She saw him from the sides of her eyes, reaching out for the shampoo.

The smell of refreshing mint shampoo then filled the bathroom. Still, Ezekiel did not say a single a word.

Alicia stretched her free hand towards him, tilting her body a little.

He glanced at her palm and did not wait for her to speak anymore, knowing what it was that she wanted. He grabbed the bottle of shampoo and poured an ample amount onto her palm knowing that she needed more for her long hair.

She immediately brought her palm to her hair but because her hair was pretty thick and long, she stretched out her hand again, asking for more. Ezekiel once again moved quietly and gave her more shampoo.

A while later, Alicia found herself biting on her lower lip to stop herself from smiling. Somehow, she found their situation getting a little funnier. And she was not sure why she was feeling this way. She had honestly thought that this was going to be bloody awkward. And she found that shampooing using only one hand was not that uncomfortable as she initially thought.

"Ugh!" a small groaned echoed. The shampoo had gotten to her eyes, so she reached out to turn the shower on. But his hand reached it first, her hand landed on his. She instantly felt his body against her back and that very suggestive feel of his wet skin on hers jolted her relaxed nerves, turning them all stiff again.

Chapter 766 - Cool down

The water fell on her, jolting her out of her shock, quickly extinguishing the sparks of fire ignited by their brief contact.

When Alicia moved slightly forward and started washing her face in haste, he retracted his hand and backed off as well. After that, he then offered her the soap. Alicia blinked at it for a while but she eventually took it. For some reason, the tension that was ignited was not dropping.

Alicia cleared her throat, wanting to distract herself.

"Is everything good?" was the words that came out of her lips. She regretted that, wondering why she had spouted out such words of all things. Her face was so red as she tried to redeem herself. "You're suddenly back to being the quiet Ezekiel again?"

He shifted a little, looking slightly upwards as he slowly ran his tongue across his teeth.

"You're so talkative just a while ago. So it's weird you're suddenly so quiet again." Alicia blabbered on nonsensically. Her nervousness caused her to just want to fill this growing silence between them with something… anything. But now that she mentioned this, curiosity suddenly hit her, and she really wanted to know.

"Talkative…" he echoed, shaking his head a little.

"You were so talkative just a while ago. So don't you dare deny it." she was not aware that she was facing him now, even tipping her chin up as if daring him to deny it. "You're actually quite talkative, aren't you?"

"No, I'm not. I just don't have a choice but to speak as much words as I can since I touched you." he answered her.

"And why would you even bother to do that?" she raised a brow, obviously doubtful at his claims.

"If I don't talk, it would rile you up, wouldn't it? Talking is not my thing… but I would choose it over you being so emotional. I can only choose the lesser of the two evils."

What?!! Her jaw almost hit the floor listening to the way he had explained his reasoning on why he seemed so 'talkative' according to her description.

"Did you just referred to 'talking' as an evil?" Alicia was not sure to be amazed or shocked at his way of looking at it.

"I'm not that fond of it." He spoke lowly, defending his stand.

Alicia was speechless. She could only shake her head when he spoke again.

"Are you really okay bathing with your undergarments on like that?" he asked but his gaze was holding hers, never straying to look downwards or anywhere further than her chin.

The tips of her ears heated up and suddenly, she felt like she could not move. Now she could not take her eyes off him. While she was still soapy and all bubbly, Ezekiel already looked like he  was already done bathing. His wet hair… the droplets of water all over his skin… his wet lips… his…

She swallowed, hard. What had she done? Why did she turn?! When did she turn?!!

The soap slipped from her suddenly limp fingers, causing the both of them to instinctively look down. Alicia caught sight of it… of his… oh g-gods!!!

As if caught red handed, Alicia quickly spun around and looked away, her face blazing so damned red while Ezekiel bent over and picked up the soap rather nonchalantly.

When he lifted his hand to hand the soap back to her, Alicia suddenly walked towards the tub. "I want to soak first." She said dragging Ezekiel along with her in haste. She immediately began to fill the tub and climbed into it before there was even enough water in it to cover her to her waist.

She never looked at him again even when she heard him drew out a small sigh as he stood right next to her. He did not move until the water had filled the tub up to Alicia's chest.

The bathroom was deafeningly silent again, so Alicia created some noise by playing and splashing around with the water and washing her face, hoping that the heat on her face would cool down. She regretted this move of hers again. She should have just washed up and finished the bath! What the hell was wrong with her? She wanted to facepalm her dumb self so hard, but Ezekiel was watching.

She fought for calm. A few moments more and she would leave the tub as naturally as possible and be done with this.

But just as she was about to rise, she halted at the sight of Ezekiel climbing into the tub. W-wait… wait a moment…

Before she could manage to speak or react, he had already lowered himself and sat across from her, folding his long legs and bracing his arms on the sides of the tub. But even though he had folded his legs, his feet still reached all the way to her side. What the… what the hell is he doing?!!

The tub was not that small. But with him in it as well, it suddenly felt so cramped that even though the water was not even warm, she was feeling it getting hotter! Her cheeks flushed a hot pink as she looked over at him trying to get comfortable on his side.

"What are you doing? Y-you never used your tub…" she spluttered as she spoke and struggled a little to make herself confront him.

He folded his elbow and leaned his temple against his knuckles. "You're right. But I can't just be standing here like a statue while you're happily soaking yourself in here, right? Might as well join you."

She bit her lip and then abruptly, she rose, forgetting about their inseparable hands.

The pull of his hand to keep their hands from separating caused her to lose her balance in the already slippery floor of the tub.

And she fell right onto him.

Water splashed and the two of them instantly stilled as Alicia quickly realized where her free hand had landed at in her attempt of trying to balance herself when she fell.

Alicia: !!!!

Chapter 767 - Little accident

As if scalded, Alicia retracted her hand. That one move was so fast it made the water splash on the both of them.

She lifted that hand up, palm open and facing him. It was as though a policeman had ordered her to 'hands up' while pointing at gun at her. She did not know whether she should scream out in mortification or blabber whatever that came to her mind, just to distract both of them from this embarrassing situation or just curl up into a ball and hope that she disappeared until things calmed down. Her flustered expression was almost comical in its extremity.

For a moment, she struggled to find the right words to say as she kept herself as still as she could, not wanting to have another 'accident' of the sort occurring again. Once was more than enough. Her heart would not be able to bear it.

"Oops…" she said. An 'oops' that did not sound particularly surprise or excited nor was it taunting. It was a nervous and forced 'oops'. "I'm sorry… I didn't mean to touch your… erm… thing. It's a little accident."

His expression darkened at her words. Oh damn…

"A little accident…??" he repeated her choice of words, his voice sounding darker than usual. "So… what if it's a little accident?"

She blinked multiple times. "It's not intentional! I really did not mean for that to happen, so… you should accept my apology and… yes, forgive and forget?" Her tone at the end was pitched higher to sound like a question rather than a statement.

A sound which seemed to be a half snort and half laugh was his immediate response. "Forgive and forget… you're saying that accidents should be resolved just by saying a simple 'sorry'?"

"Well…" Alicia knew she was in a pinch now. She could only scold herself inwardly for her own words and for the fact that this body of hers was so clumsy to have that accident occur in the first place. Just where the hell did her usual wits go?! She did not like how her comebacks sound so embarrassingly dull and bordering on silly! "Of course, a sorry would never be enough depending on the circumstances and especially if someone got hurt." She quickly reasoned out, trying so hard to redeem herself.

"And based on how you are putting it… it seems like you think that no one got hurt in this little accident?" He stressed on the word 'little'. And it seemed to her that he sounded a little sarcastic, but she could not be sure.

Alicia felt her heart began to pace harder now. And it was not only because of his words. That gleam she had seen flashing within his eyes just now… there seemed to be a lightning storm in those grey irises…

It looked… breathtaking and… dangerous as hell.

She struggled for words. "W-wait… you got hurt?" her eyes widened, belatedly registering that his words implied that. It was incredibly unsettling and mortifying how her brain was working so damned slow now that it was embarrassing. "B-but… but I just touched your pen –" her eyes flared but she managed to bounce back and cleared her throat, "I just touched it. Don't you make a fool of me again! There is no way you have gotten hurt just because I touched you… there!"

Thinking that she had found the right moment to escape, Alicia pulled herself up again to leave the tub.

But instead of finally escaping the tub, Alicia found herself being effortlessly pulled back into it – forgetting that Ezekiel was not only a tall but also solidly built male. She fell on him again. Her eyes stretched even wider at the realization that she was… she was now straddling him! How in the world…

Her entire body went into a paralyzed state at the very clear feel of him between her legs. When her gaze flew up to meet his, she almost felt like someone had forcefully taken her breath away – him. This man she… hated. Yes, hated.

He was looking up at her through the strands of his dripping wet hair. His expression as cold as ice, yet his gaze… they scorched like the fires of hell itself.

She could no longer take her eyes off him, could not move a single muscle away from him. The warning bells that had begun to ring like crazy at the back of her head were rendered absolutely useless. Why? Why was her body not listening to her?

Before she realized it, her betraying gaze had strayed down to his lips. Her heart was trashing wildly in its confines now, the heat between them getting impossibly hot. Something had happened to her… and it was all his fault. He definitely… did something… sinful… to her, right?

She felt his big, searing hand landing and touching her nape and she did not know why she sighed out, as if his touch was something so incredibly pleasant and something that she was looking forward to.

His long searing fingers moved to the back of her neck and then slowly, he exerted a slight pressure and guided her forward. The way he touched her, guided her – it all came as shock to her senses. That felt almost tender… Ezekiel? Tender? Why did these two words not seem to belong together?

"You want to k**s me…" his voice sounded so dark, so… deep, so… she could no longer think of the right word to describe it.

"No…" she lied, breathless. It was almost unbelievable how she managed to say the complete opposite of what she really felt at this moment. He had made her want him… s*d*c*d her to bits… and now she could not even deny it to herself anymore. This body… it wanted him… and she reasoned out it must be because of his demonic power running through her. That must be what was affecting her emotions and her mind now.

"Lies…" he whispered in her ear, calling her bluff. All the while, running his fingers down her spine. "Did you forget I can feel everything you…"

Goosebumps rose over her skin. "All your fault…" came her breathless reply. Still resisting.

"You really love blaming others–"

"It's… the truth." Her breath hitched when his hand had somehow slid over her jaw and cupped it, his thumb slowly parting her lips apart.

"Such a little… bad liar…" A s*d**tive gleam filled his eyes.
Chapter 768 - Untamed

Alicia gathered every ounce of stubbornness she could muster to keep herself from asking him to just… k**s her. But even that was not enough.

The temptation that was Ezekiel was too strong, and she was helpless in the face of his head-on attacks. His smouldering gaze, his thumb on her lips, their skin-to-skin contact… the increasing charge between them was so palpable that it was threatening to blow up any second now. It was all just too unbearable for Alicia to endure. She just wanted to scream out to him to go ahead and ravage her. And that thought caused her to jolt in surprise – at herself and how wanton her thoughts have become.

For the very first time, Alicia experienced it herself. This feeling like she had turned into a slave to her very own carnal desires. This had never happened to her before. Never. She had no idea… absolutely zero inkling that it could be more potent than spells casted on her. She had tolerance and cure against spells but this… it was just… impossible… to resist.

And she lost it. She bent over his very n*k*d and muscular frame and crashed her lips against his even as his thumb was still on her lips.

She realized a second too late what she had just did. However, there was no longer any turning back as he did not give her any chances to do something about that mistake anymore. He immediately took control of the situation and did not allow her to back up.

As soon as his thumb between their lips was gone, he possessed her mouth – completely and fully – stealing her breath. And she helplessly opened up to him almost in an instant, k**sing him back. It had been so long since she had last k**sed someone, way back when she still was not the witch queen. But all the past kisses were nothing compared to this… his k**s, his mouth… why? Why does he taste so mind blowingly good?

She felt him nibbling on her bottom lip gently then hungrily glided his tongue inside her mouth. His movements were savage, punishing, consuming… as if he was aiming to devour her whole. As if stealing her breath was no longer enough for him. So this time he was going to consume her soul too.

And everything ignited. A shocking hunger exploded from within, and Alicia k**sed him back as hard as she could. As fierce as she could, matching his ferocity.

Ezekiel… the man who was the epitome of self-control was looking nothing like that right now. She could feel it in her bones. He was an untamed beast out of its cage now and that thrilled her more than frightened her.

Their k**s deepened, and she wished that she could hate it. But the hate was nowhere to be found. Not even an iota. All that was left was an all-consuming hunger… an inexplicable hunger for him…

The moment she pressed her body against him, his mouth latched onto her slender throat. That earned him a gasp and a s*xy whimper. And he continued s**king, devouring, as if he wanted her to make those sounds again. Those cries that fell from her mouth.

And she did. It was impossible not to.

When his mouth found its way back to hers, Alicia k**sed him back even harder. She never k**sed someone this savagely before. She did not even know she could do something like this. To k**s someone like they were in a fierce fight.

Alicia was not sure what was going on with herself… or why they were k**sing this way. There was only one thing she was certain about at this moment, and that was she did not want this to end until she… devoured him… all of him…

Her fingers sunk into his scalp as she pulled him closer, her fingers fisting into his thick and dark hair. It was as though their closeness was not enough. She told herself she had gone mad… but at this moment she totally did not care anymore. All caution was being thrown into the wind. She was under a spell… no, stronger than that… and she did not wish to be freed. At all.

She felt his hand gliding lower, from the small of her back, down to her bo**om. Another gasp was wrenched from her now swollen, red and moist lips.

He pressed her whole length against himself, and she moulded herself onto him, wrapping her arms around his neck. She longed to feel more. More. She wanted him to do more… so badly that she felt like the need was going to drive her insane.

"Eze… kiel," she m**ned against his mouth, p**ting hard.

Her hands glided down his side, his taut muscle, smooth and hard. She knew what she was about to do… to touch him… make him know she wanted more from him…

She was going to take his hand and place them on her…

"Don't... don't do it." she said that to herself.

And she only realized that she had said that out loud when he stopped his actions in an instant. His lips that were about to reach her taut bud stopped moving. His hand on her thigh stilled as well.

Before she could react, he made one swift move.

Then they were standing next to the tub. He was holding her up to keep her from falling.

He then made another move and cold water fell on them both. The cold water was like a bucket of ice that had forced her to awaken from such a lustful dream.

Alicia did not know what to say, or what to do. She kept her head leaning against his chest, hiding her face as they both breathed heavily, trying to catch their breath.

It did not take him long to steady his breath. She envied him for that because she was still unable to calm down. What had she done? Just what had she done?
Chapter 769 - That's right

The only sounds that could be heard inside the bathroom right now was the pitter patter of the water falling like raindrops over them, her heavy breathing and his calm and controlled ones. Ezekiel did not move nor talked. His one arm remained loosely wrapped around her waist and his hand rested on the small of her back.

Time ticked by and the heat that had driven them both into a frenzy had subsided. Alicia's breathing had finally stabilized as well. Then dark emotions came crashing into her like massive waves.

She began to realize that if they had not stopped in time… if she had not accidentally said those words out loud and they ended up eloping…

Her eyes widened and an indescribable emotion rushed through her entire being. She could not believe that she had momentarily forgotten this fact. That she was a witch – though physically dead and currently in the flesh due to Ezekiel's powers – and Ezekiel on the other hand, was a vampire. And that any form of relations, especially s*x – was forbidden between them.

If she had not accidentally stopped him with her words, would he have stopped? Or would he have continued not minded it at all even if he ended up killing her?

A cold shiver ran through her, and she finally lifted her gaze at him. His grey eyes were unreadable now. Emotionless. He was back to being that unfeeling statue he usually is. The only difference was that he was totally without a stitch of clothing on him.

"If I had not stopped you earlier…" she started slowly, breaking the heavy silence between them, "would you have stopped?"

His gaze held hers in silence. She locked eyes with him and waited for his answer but when he did not seem to be opening his mouth even after a few moments of just staring at her, Alicia gritted her teeth and told herself to be patient and continue waiting for his answer.

"Tell me… would you have just continued on?" Alicia's hatred bubbled forth and filled her eyes again, "Would you not have cared even if you ended up… killing me?" Her voice cracked a little as she forced the question out.

The way she phrased that last question dissolved Ezekiel's impregnable mask and his eyes widened slightly. But the next moment, his facial muscles worked, and his face darkened as though in anger. However, she had never seen him angry before, so she was not sure if that expression was anger in the first place. Looking at how his expression was so dark, Alicia was taken aback. This was the first time that she is seeing that expression on his face.

But then, he let out a snort before his eyes turned incredibly cold. So cold and sharp she felt like they had turned into an icy weapon as he looked at her.

"You do think of me as nothing but a monster, huh…" he uttered, his voice gravelly and hard as stone. There was no more trace of that utter calmness that he had earlier. A sardonic smirk flashed across his face. "Well, of course." He nodded before reaching out one hand and cupping her face as he moved his face a little close to hers.

"That's right. You should think of me like that all the time, Alicia." He sneered a little. His voice was almost a whisper now, but it still retained that steely edge to it. "That's how you should see me." Alicia did not know why but she felt as though his statement was tinged with a little bitterness.

He released her face and just like that, his expression immediately went back to normal. Expressionless as ever.

"If you're done now, I'm ready to leave the bath and get changed." He said as if nothing had just happened between them. It was as though that whole heated exchange between them was only a figment of her imagination.

Alicia gulped. Her throat somehow hurts, and she did not know what had exactly caused it. Why… why was this man like this? Why did he have to behave this way? He was just messing her already messed up mind and emotions! She did not even know if she hated him or herself at this moment anymore.

Everything was getting too overwhelming for her right now. Especially with this temporary body of hers that was so obviously emotionally and physically weak.

She wanted to yell or cry out in frustration, but the yell just somehow did not manage to be expressed because all of a sudden, her vision turned dark and she wobbled where she stood.

The last thing she heard was Ezekiel cursing and she saw a shadowy figure before her.

Zeke grabbed a robe and wrapped Alicia up in it before he carried her out of the bathroom.

His movement was swift as if Alicia was nothing but a light feather in his arms. His strides were powerful, decisive – as his face had lost its normal expressionless mask.

After grabbing a shirt from his closet, he sat down and proceeded to remove her wet underwear beneath her robe without even giving a thought of whether she would have much to protest later on. Then he managed to maneuver and put his white shirt on her while she was still in his embrace.

A long sigh escaped his lips as soon as he did up the last button. This lady really was testing his limits. He rose and was about to tuck her under the bedcovers when his gaze fell on her mass of wet hair.

He stilled for a moment. In a movement that was so unlike him, he caught his lower lip between his teeth before straightening and keeping her tucked securely within his embrace. He walked back to the bathroom and grabbed the hair drier.

For a few minutes, Zeke quietly but expertly moved the hair drier about and attempted to dry Alicia's hair. His expression was so serious the entire time as though he was settling one serious task that he could not afford to mess up. As though what he was doing right now was a task that required one hundred and one percent of his attention.
Chapter 770 - The type

Little Flower bookstore, at dawn.

Iryz's eyes flew wide open. She had just awakened from a dream, she was sure of that. But as soon as her eyes opened, she could not remember what she had just dreamt about.

Slowly, she pulled herself up into a sitting position and tried to recall what the dream was about. For some unknown reason, she felt as though the dream was related to something important. She had a feeling it had something to do with the book that they were desperately searching for.

She tried and tried but to no avail. Any memory from that dream seemed to have vanished into thin air the moment she had regained consciousness. It was as if the dream was actually non-existent.

Burying her face into her palms, Iryz sighed out in frustration. When she lifted her gaze, she looked at the beautiful man who was sleeping there at his usual spot in the corner of her bedroom, on the floor. She had always wondered if he was truly comfortable sleeping in that sitting position. He had told her many times that he was totally fine with it and not to bother with him. But Iryz still could not stand seeing him like that. He might claim that he was alright, but she felt that it was uncomfortable just looking at him that way.

Carefully and silently, Iryz climbed off her bed. She looked at the clock and saw that it was almost five thirty in the morning.

As quietly as she could, Iryz grabbed her jacket and was about to grab the door handle when Zeres' voice echoed out behind her.

"Where are you going?"

She instantly froze. Then she quickly turned around to look at him.

"Go… get groceries." She answered.

"You can't go out." he replied immediately, disallowing her to leave the place. Though Iryz was distracted by how pleasantly deep his voice was after waking up, his words still made her frown in displeasure.

"Why?" She was not used to having anyone else telling her whether she could come or go. And here was a somewhat stranger telling her that she should not go out.

"That will take up a lot of time. Time that we do not have to waste."

"I won't take long, I promise." She said as she put up three fingers, showing a scout's honour.

"I will have my men go get the groceries you want instead." He did not tell her no outrightly. However, his words told her just as much. And she frowned at how he intended to not allow her to go out.

He said those while cracking his neck and stretching his arms from that position he was sleeping in. Then he grabbed at another book again.

Iryz just stood there, looking at him in disbelief. "I want to go. By myself." She insisted this time, her voice clipped. She had been obedient to him all these while because she understood his desperation. But it was really getting a little bit too tedious. She had been trying her best to just listen to him, trying her best to understand his actions but… he never once tried to understand her nor try to see things from her perspective.

He paused but it was only just for a moment. He continued flipping the pages as he replied, "Spend that time looking for the book instead." His command made her purse her lips.

"Could you at least look at me when you are talking to me?" Her statement came out louder than she had intended it to.

When he lifted his gaze and their eyes met, Iryz tightened her hold on her jacket.

Whatever he saw in her expression made his cold gaze mellow down a little.

She looked away. "I know I don't look like some deity like you. And you might think I am not good looking enough for you to look at and I also know how busy you are but… you're being a little too much." She started her rant strong, but her voice weakened as she neared the end. "I want… No. I need to go out and have a breather. I've been cooped up and confined in here for days. I know I made a bargain with you. But…" she breathed out heavily, "but I am just human! I need to go out and get some fresh air and see some greeneries." She ended her complaints and gritted her teeth.

Iryz then whipped around and left without looking at him or waiting for his permission. She was a little mad. No… more than a little mad, actually. She could not help it.

She ran out of the bookstore as fast as she could. The sun was already rising, and many people were already out having their morning walks or jogging about. Ah, it had been a while since she too, came out this early. She tried not to think about that beautiful witch that must be in Zeres' mind and jogged her way to the grocery store, knowing that once she returned to the bookshop, everything will be fine again.

However, before she could reach the store, someone caught up with her. It was Zeres. He had worn a hoodie that covered up his unusual but beautiful silver hair – the simplest way to avoid unnecessary and unwanted attention.

Iryz halted and faced him. She had not expected him to come running after her and it seemed that he was not there to drag her back.

"Why did you come?" she asked him curiously, her anger already vented and long forgotten.

"I need to make sure no one will kidnap you."

"What?! Who will kidnap me?" Iryz was confused now.

He shrugged his broad shoulders. "Just a little precaution. You're the type that bad guys like to kidnap."

Iryz narrowed her eyes at him as she wrinkled her cute little nose. "You're just here to make sure I'm not going to run away, aren't you?" She asked him suspiciously and Zeres blinked at her and turned to look away, pretending as if he did not hear what she had said.

"We're almost there," he said, changing the subject smoothly.

"Look here, sir." Iryz sighed, blocking his way, arms akimbo. "I'm not going to run away. There is no way that I'm going to leave that beloved house of mine, that I can assure you. So, you don't need to chase after me like this and keep watch on me. And it's not like I could even outrun a person like you."

She sighed exasperatedly and continued walking towards the grocery while Zeres followed silently behind her.

Back in Ezekiel's house…

Alicia's eyes slowly opened. It was already morning, and the sun was streaming in. Wait… what is…

Her still slightly sleepy eyes flew open wider at the impossible sight that filled her eyes. Ezekiel… he was lying next to her and she… she was h**ging him?!